100 hot and cold winter getaways [Pictures]
By now we're all three layers deep into our down-filled parkas and up to our ankles in slushy, cold white stuff. Perhaps a winter getaway is not in order. Maybe a beach vacation? But whether you like it hot or cold, here are 100 destinations sure to hit the spot.
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The Homestead, Hot Springs, Va.( Photo Courtesy The Homestead / November 17, 2009 )
Distance from Baltimore: 247 miles, about a five-hour drive
Why it's cool: Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains, is a winter vacation oasis. The Homestead offers a variety of luxury packages including the bed and breakfast package, family learn to ski, holiday escape package and the romance package. The Homestead has been around since 1776, when visitors flocked to the hotel for the crystal clear Jefferson Springs. The warm water still draws visitors, who can relax in the healing spring waters year round. The spa at The Homestead offers a variety of treatments, from massages to facials to manicures and pedicures, there is a treatment for any budget. Homestead guests can also enjoy the winter weather. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and tubing, and ice skating. The accommodations at the Homestead are classically beautiful, featuring rich fabrics and furniture, they mirror the luxury of the 3,000-acre estate.
Don't miss: Year-round outdoor swimming and ice skating. The Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland features a spring-fed heated pool right next to the ice rink. The combination of the chilly winter activity and relaxing warm waters is incredibly alluring.
Information: Visit http://www.thehomestead.com